Colette Loll is the founder and director of Art Fraud Insights, a consultancy dedicated to art fraud-related lectures, training, and specialized investigation of artworks. Ms. Loll was the CEO of a marketing and software company for 15 years before leaving the business world to earn a Master of Arts degree in the History of Decorative Arts from the Smithsonian/Corcoran College of Art+Design. Her interest in issues related to authenticity propelled her to Italy for post graduate studies in International Art Crime through a program sponsored by the Association for Research into Crimes against Art (ARCA), an international non-profit and interdisciplinary research group dedicated to contemporary issues in art crime and cultural property protection. After her studies, and while living in Europe, Ms. Loll served as director of Public and Institutional Relations for ARCA while conducting her own research into the lives and careers of prolific art forgers of the 20th and 21st century.
Since returning to the United States, she has been involved in several independent projects related to the topic of fine art forgery and art forensics including participating in documentary film projects, serving as the lead researcher in attribution and authentication investigations, providing research for a historical biography, conducting forensic investigations for private collectors on suspect artworks, and curating several exhibitions. Ms. Loll has lectured widely at universities, museums, and forensic institutes in the U.S. and Europe and trains Federal agents in forgery investigations for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cultural Heritage Protection Program. She was recently invited to give a presentation on art fraud at Interpol’s inaugural International Conference on Counterfeit Art.
Ms. Loll has lectured at the Smithsonian Institution (Washington, DC); University of Budapest (Hungary); the Musée d’Art Moderne de la ville de Paris (Paris, France); Interpol Headquarters (Lyon, France); Cranfield Forensic Institute (UK); West Dean College (UK); Stony Brook University, (Manhattan, NY); Sulgrave Club (Washington, DC); and Washington Conservation Guild (Washington, DC). Ms. Loll is committed to educational outreach on the topics of art forgery, cultural heritage crimes, and the emerging role of forensic science in the attribution process. Her work integrates the ideals she is passionate about: truth, authenticity and stewardship.
Art Fraud Insights
- Federal Training Programs
- International Law Enforcement Agencies
- Private Clubs
- Trade Associations